Bengal boy defeats asthma to conquer Mont Blanc

Bengal boy defeats asthma to conquer Mont Blanc

October 17, 2014

Satyarup Siddhanta, who has now touched the fifth of the seven highest peaks he plans to conquer across the globe, is the same boy who couldn't even run 100 metres at a stretch in his childhood.

Two decades later the Bengal boy, now a software techie based in Bengaluru, has left behind his asthma ailment, and scaled Mont Blanc — at 15,781 feet the highest peak in the Alps.

The struggling years

When in college, Satyarup, who suffered from acute asthma, realised he had to brace his fears and reduced his dependency on inhalers. Allergic to some food items, which triggered asthma, he struggled for years, continuously challenging himself by not using the inhalers and by consuming more and more of the food he was allergic to, without taking anti-allergic medicines.

Finally, with exercises, discipline, diet and some significant willpower, he overcame the disease. He now easily covers a stretch of 12-14 km at a go. 

Places Satyarup captured on his way to Mont Blanc (Facebook)

Triumphing against odds

On September 23, the Bengal lad climbed Mont Blanc — the most baffling and unsafe peak in Europe, at 8.15 am France time. Born in Kolkata and brought up in Behrampore in Murshidabad district, Siddhanta had to bear a lot of hardship to climb Mont Blanc, the most risky peak of the world.

Satyarup explains his climb thus: "This is risky because there is no fixed rope and the entire ridge is exposed. It becomes very hard to climb this vertical ridge with strong winds blowing at 100 kilometres per hour. There is a climb of two hours where there are rocks falling and a fear of avalanche. In August this year nine people died in that particular spot. So we had to be very careful while climbing the mountain.”

When asked how he felt, Satyarup said, "I descended as fast as I could and managed to catch the train. After boarding the train the adventure flashed in my mind. It was a great feat."

Clicked on the way to Mont Blanc (Facebook)

A past master, a daring climber

Till now, apart from Mont Blanc, he has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet), the highest peak in Africa, in June 2012, , Mt Elbrus (18,510 feet), the highest peak in Europe, in June 2013, Mt Aconcagua (22,841 feet), the highest peak in South America, in January 2014  and Mt McKinley (20,237 feet), the highest peak in North America, in June 2014.

"You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain," Siddhanta said.

Satyarup aims to climb one small peak in Australia — Kosciuszko in December 2014, and in March 2015 cover the final hurdle - Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. According to him, he shall attain the dream of his life once he conquers Everest.

Summit of Renauk Peak, Sikkim (Ground Report)

Lead Image Courtesy: Ground Report

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